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Education Support Centre Courage | Pride | Resilience


Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

The world in which our students are growing up is an increasingly complex one, which is why when considering the wellbeing of our students at Chessbrook we feel it’s important to promote positive wellbeing at any given opportunity.


At Chessbrook our pastoral care system is designed to support students with a range of experiences that they may face. We aim to reduce stigma attached to mental health wellbeing by engendering an ethos supported by the Justtalk campaign that encourages openness whereby students can seek support at school, at home or online as they gain knowledge about how to promote good health and wellbeing. We do this through circle times, breakfast and brunch, our curriculum, mentoring, weekly ‘Chill and Chat’ sessions, events, activities and much more.


Our staff take pride in getting to know our students very well and they work hard to provide a high quality of individual care to each student. They strive to ensure that our students leave us well equipped for the future. Each student is supported and guided by a Personalised Learning Mentor (PLM) who forges a strong relationship with the student and family members. The PLM is critical in establishing communication between school and home and will make weekly contact updating on their progress and any issues that may arise. This strong communication with the student and their parents/carer enables us to unlock barriers to learning. The PLM will also attend ‘Stop and Think’ (a cognitive skills programme for families) with the parent/carer and student in the first 6 weeks of joining Chessbrook. The mentors provide students with a ‘secure base’ within Chessbrook, help to regulate their emotions and model the role of a trusting adult. This enables them to understand how to form and maintain trusting relationships with others. The PLM is key in helping the student develop new and more helpful ways of thinking, behaving and building positive relationships. 

Transition back to school - Post school closures

Student Wellbeing Programme

Subject of the month 

All subjects are asked to nominate a student of the month.This is displayed on the wall and presented during circle time. Students are rewarded with a certificate and extra merits.

Student of the month 

Fellow students are able to nominate one student who is rewarded with an education gift and presented during circle time. 

Small act of kindness 

These are introduced each month and shared during circle time, with the expectation for the whole school to adopt and embrace within their school day.

Off timetable day/days

Each term students will take part in a fun, themed activities day. This will include a variety of activities such as a school quiz, visiting a Panto or off site event, watching a film, festive lunch, BBQ and ice cream, sports and games, craft making and baking, special breakfasts and much more. 

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